NOTES AND QUERIES. [9 th s. x. DEC. 20, 1902.
formation with regard to this cross ? When in the city a short time since, I purchased a small silver Maltese cross, the arms of which radiate from a square centre. I could only get conflicting statements as to the original from which this model was taken, and should be glad of further information. M. T. M.
18TH HUSSARS, 1821. I should feel obliged by any one who could tell me of the following officers of the above regiment at that date, and so aid me in my rewriting the regimental history : Major Charles Synge; Captains J. M. Clements (a lieutenant- colonel and a member of the B.D.C.), George Luard, Robert Coote (brother to Admiral Sir Chas. Coote, of 5, Connaught Place, London), S. O. O. Brady (who came from the 7th Hussars and married a Paget of Hampton Court), the Hon. H. P. de Montmorency, G. M. T. Western, and R. Wilford Brett; Lieutenants W. H. Duperier, J. T. Ma- chell (a Yorkshire man), P. Nisbet (from the Buffs), Thomas Hunter, G. Schreiber (from the llth Dragoons), Thomas Walker, Richard Doyne, Nathaniel Sneyd ; Cornets J. Leslie, J. Laing, William Battier (from the 10th), G. A. Stewart, George Allen ; Riding Master G. Gibbs ; Paymaster W. Dearie; Quartermaster J. Collins; Surgeon W. Cham- bers ; Assistant - Surgeon J. Quincey; and Veterinary-Surgeon D. Pilcher.
HAROLD MALET, Colonel.
Radnor House, near Sandgate, Kent.
BARNWELL PRIORY, CAMBRIDGE. Some few years ago an article appeared in a London weekly paper giving an account of excavations on the site of the above priory, which brought to light its great extent. Will any of your readers help me to find this notice ? I think it appeared either in ' N. & O.' or the Athenaeum, but I am unable to find it in the index of the first publication, and have no opportunity of searching that of the second.
E. S. C.
" METROPOLITAN CANTERBURY LICENSE AND AUTHORITY." In a dedication to the ' Triumphs of London,' a description of a pageant performed on
"Monday, Oof 30 th , 1693, for the entertainment of the Right Honble. Sir William Ashurst, Knt., Lord
Mayor of the City of London set forth at the
proper Costs and Charges of the Worshipful
Company of Merchant-Taylors, by E. S. [i.e.,
it is stated that his lordship's
"Ancestors have been constant Assertors and
Champions of Religion and Virtue ; Witness Your
Lordship's Uncle in the Reign of King Charles the
First, who, then High Sheriff of Lancashire, had the hardy Christian Courage to lay a Criminal by the Heels for the violation of the Sabbath day, though a Transgressor in that kind and at that time within the Verge of Priviledge, under the Umbrage and Protection of the then newly publisht Metropolitan Canterbury License and Authority."
The "Verge of Priviledge" refers, I assume, to the privilege of the verge of the palaces, the sanctuary created by the sovereign's place of residence; but I do not understand what is meant by the " newly publisht Metropolitan Canterbury License and Authority."
VANITY FAIR. Some time ago (9 th S. ii. 29) I asked whether there was any instance of Vanity Fair being used to denote harmful frivolity earlier than the first edition of ' The Pilgrim's Progress,' 1678, and gave an example of Scott having caused one of his cha- racters to use it in ' Old Mortality.' I find that Scott also makes Master Holdenough employ it in ' Woodstock,' where he says to Wild rake,
"Speak less lightly and wantonly, friend we
are to resist the devil that he may flee from us, and not to tamper with him or enter into his counsels, or traffic with the merchandise of his great Vanity Fair." Chap. x.
Scott had a very great knowledge of the obscurer literature of the seventeenth cen- tury. It is probable he had met with the term somewhere in the earlier Puritan litera- ture, and that when Bunyan wrote his im- mortal work it had become a well-known phrase on the lips of those of the stricter sort. Can any one furnish proof of this, for at present it is but a guess ? ASTARTE.
SHAKESPEARE COTTAGE AT ST. ALBANS About four hundred yards from St. Michael's Church, on the Verulam Road at St. Albans, is an old wooden house with overhanging upper story called "Shakspeare Cottage." Was there a Bacon-Shakespeare controversy in those days, for the house looks as if it had existed in Bacon's time ? It is curious to find the name with the old spelling in that neigh- bourhood. W. H. M. G.
Sed Iseva in parte mamillae Nil salit Arcadico
occurs in 'An Essay on the Origin of the Sciences,' by Martinus Scriblerus, probably written by Parnell (' Swift's Works,' vol. xiii. p. 118). Whence comes the quotation ?
G. CHRISTIAN. Uppingham.
SIMILE BY COLERIDGE. Recently I was struck with a simile in one of Coleridge's